Sandwiches are an obvious lunch staple and a breakfast guilty pleasure (bacon-egg-and-cheese hangover cure, anyone?), but they get left out when it comes to dinner. We’re here to make you reconsider. After all, when you get home at 8 p.m., the only thing easier than ordering takeout is slapping together a sandwich. Try one of these open-faced sandwich versions; each recipe is more than deli meat and cheese but is still as easy as PB&J—you’ll be digging in long before the delivery man would’ve arrived.
1. Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Sandwich
Fresh heirloom tomatoes could make any veggie hater a believer. Slather some avocado on seeded bread, top with juicy sliced tomatoes and fresh basil, and drizzle a balsamic reduction over top.
2. Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwich
Keep this recipe in your back pocket for the next time you want breakfast for dinner (a.k.a. always). Guac and bacon were meant to be under a runny, sunny-side up egg, and the whole thing can be made in 15 minutes.
3. Blackened Salmon Sandwich
Salmon is a fun alternative to classic chicken or turkey sandwiches, and takes just a few minutes to get nice and blackened on the stove. Add it to your favorite piece of toast with lettuce, tomato, onion, and avocado.
4. Mushroom Ricotta Sandwich
This cheesy vegetarian meal combines sautéed mushrooms, ricotta, chives, and Gruyère into a classed-up, open-faced grilled cheese… no tomato soup needed.
5. Tuna Spinach Salad Sandwich
This might ACTUALLY be the easiest dinner ever. Mix up canned tuna, Greek yogurt, mozzarella, spinach, tomato, and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Spoon it over toasted bread and you’re dunzo.
6. Grilled Chicken Caprese Sandwich
We’ll never get tired of the mozzarella-tomato-basil combo. Use leftover grilled chicken if you have it to speed things up, then drizzle with balsamic vinegar to get the classic flavor you know and love.
7. Egg, Avocado, and Radish Sandwich
Toast rye bread, then slice an avocado, a hard-boiled egg, and a few radishes. Layer it all together over the crispy bed, and boom—a colorful, filling dinner is ready in about six minutes.
8. Turmeric Tofu Open-Faced Sandwich
Vegans should be in on the sandwich fun too. Bake turmeric tofu in 10-minute increments until it’s as crispy as you’d like, then add it to a slice of bread with vegan mayo, lettuce, shredded carrots, and avocado.
9. BBQ Hummus Tuna Sandwich
This recipe is a magical combination of ingredients you probably have in your kitchen at all times. Mix tuna with hummus and barbecue sauce, season with pepper, then add to whole-grain toast with red onion and avocado. Bai, we’re making this now.